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    Anyone know how the Peel - Douglas road is doing? Is it passable now? Heard there were long tailbacks for a while...
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    Actual blizzard in Peel and everything
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    Schools Closed

    But yes - they really are. Been on radio and everything...
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    Just had a colleague phone in who turned back at st johns, couldn't get through. Hum. Maybe wait for a while then... cheers.
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    Thinking about heading out from Peel this morning. Doesn't look too bad so far at least in Peel. What are conditions like along main road?
  6. So - it's the wife's 30th in January and I'm looking to have a surprise party. I want to have it in a hotel so we can have the ubiquitous disco and maybe even some dancing. I'd also like to book a room for us to stay over. We've got friends coming from across, so they may want to stay too. I have a list of requirements which I think will make the whole event something special. The thing is - are there any hotels over here which could meet all the requirements. I ask your advice and experience: 1. Decent quality function room 2. Above average rooms - I'm pretty fussy about hotel rooms so I'd like something special. Not too worried about cost seeing as how it's a big birthday and all 3. Good quality catering. No frozen mini pizzas and spring rolls from Iceland @ Shoprite 4. Good breakfast 5. Helpful staff 6. Decent lounge bar so if there's a bunch of us, it's a good place to hang out. Any thoughts on the above welcome. Or should I just give up now... )
  7. We have a 26" Toshiba LCD TV for sale. It's in excellent condition and comes with a remote control and a handbook. It has 3 SCART inputs, an RGB input and a VGA input. What it doesn't have is a stand - hence the reason for sale. It will sit perfectly well on top of any flat surface, but we have a 2 year old in the house and it's too much of a risk to have him pull it on his head. So - reluctantly we're selling. £150. Email me manxdan@gmail.com for more info...
  8. O2 currently running unlimited data (subject to 'fair usage' I suspect ) for an 18 month contract at 30 quid a month or above. Seems quite fair really. They also offer the iPhone at £159 - rather less than the MT price. Bet MT don't do visual voicemail either. Oh yeah, and the iPhone 3g doesn't support MMS. Which was a bit of a surprise.
  9. Sorry - sorry - just to clarify. Dave Kelly - was this the same 'Joey' Kelly who went to QEII and walked around with a permanent gurn? The same legend in his own lunchtime who used to spin the discs at the Pumphouse (downstairs at the Creg Malin, stupid)? The very same Dave Kelly who tells people he's been DJ'ing in London (for that read 'I put 50p in the Jukebox at the Crown & Swan when the big boys had gone'). The same Dave Kelly who has a chip on his shoulder the size of a small African country - 'I coulda been a contender' The same Dave Kelly who rolled every single piss poor provincial DJ Cliche into one oversized marvellous parody. The same Dave Kelly who still rolls up the sleeves of his bomber jacket to the elbows. Oh Davey - you are the man. xx
  10. OK - as usual didn't make myself clear. Am on the MT simple contract, so I pay 15 quid a month, am not locked into contract and get reasonable amount of texts and minutes plus my data. If I go to an 18 month contact with MT I pay ~ 35 quid a month and get my iPhone for 220 quid. Which equates to an extra 20 quid a month on top of what I'm already paying = £320 + the £220 for the phone which makes £540. Or I could upgrade to a Simple 1200 contract to get my 16Gb option at £420 p/m and £49 quid a month. Ouch. iPhone PAYG on O2 is £391 - so a saving in my warped maths. Question is - does an O2 phone work on the MT network with an MT SIM without being unlocked???
  11. OK - so, MT have finally got their act together and started to offer the iPhone - after Sure Mobile, even though O2 in the UK are the authorised distributor - but I digress. Point, is, I notice that the O2 Pay as You Go price for the handset is still cheaper than MT's price, so wondered... if I bought the iPhone from O2, would I be able to use it on the MT network without unlocking it - seeing as how O2 and MT are owned by the same people and all... anyone have any actual knowledge (as opposed to speculation) about this? Yes I know I could unlock it or jailbreak it, but looking for minimum hassle option here... Cheers TB
  12. Interestingly if you read the MEA inquiry evidential documentation, the authority was investigating wind power in 2001 and Mike Proffitt was tasked with putting together a plan for it. Events kind of took over, and now Mr Proffitt can be found peddling alternative energy - including wind power - around the world with his new company.
  13. Yes, PRS do appear to have jurisdiction in the IOM - although as far as I'm aware, no-one's tested it. Anyone fancy having a go? I do remember years ago when my mum owned a pub here, we were threatened by the PRS unless we got a license. Also, as has been pointed out, they are robbing swines. You pay for your CD/MP3 and then you have to pay again to play it on your PA system. Also - the radio stations pay the PRS people to broadcast the music, but then if you want to play the radio in your shop - you have to pay AGAIN! Outrageous.
  14. The issue is - IMHO - that the charges passed on for 'processing' credit or debit cards are totally at odds with what the companies are actually charged by the card providers. This has been brushed over by the OFT in their report. OFT Investigates booking costs I think on average Visa / Mastercard charges are around 0.8% to 1% and maestro fees slightly lower. can't remember exactly, been a while since I saw the fees. So if you buy a ticket costing say a hundred quid, you should really be charged no more than a pound, rather than the appalling six quid you're charged on a 38 pounds return ticket which I've recently been charged.
  15. Er - would refer you to point 3. above. Unless there's a difference between Millenium Sagaar and Sagaar... But thanks for the recommendation anyway...
  16. Am planning Friday curry this weekend, and am torn between the following options :- 1. The Taj. You know what you're getting. Solid, dependable curry. The new decor scares me a bit, but I can live with that. 2. The Sagaar - really good curry, quite expensive, and there's always the roulette of maybe sitting downstairs with the drain. 3. Taste of India - new place, seen a couple of good reviews. But where the hell is it? Clarence Terrace - is that near the Empress?? Wasn't there a curry house there for a while about 5 yrs ago? Any feedback welcome Edited to change smiley at the bottom!! didn't mean to do a shocked one...
  17. Story update from Manx Radio As mentioned above by another poster, if CDL have been working as consultants for 4 years, why haven't they picked up the deficiencies on the track before? And surely if you'd earmarked a million quid for line restoration RMS Locotec awarded one million pounds for line restoration project Then you'd address the most critical issues first. And now the restoration is going to cost 2.8 million pounds for the urgent work to get the line open (for 2 months from July) and then a further 2.5 mil. for the next bit. This is, according to the minister, money we've already earmarked to be spent on the MER by the way. No indication yet if there is an uplift in cost for the bringing forward of the schedule. Anne Craine said in Tynwald yesterday during the debate, that there have hardly ever been any days over the past year where there haven't been any workers on the track. What have they been doing?? Who is checking the work done by these consultants? So many questions, so little time.
  18. Can I be nerdy and ask about camera and settings for the above shots? Really nice and crisp. Presumably you had it on a tripod??? /nerd
  19. Oh Bugger How prescient of you. So says the times anyway...
  20. That's what really baffles me about the whole piece and the Mail's fascination with Kershaw. As you say, the Mail sits slightly to the right of Stalin in its views, and yet they let Andy Kershaw (part of the left-wing BBC establishment normally in the Mail's opinion) bleat on about how hard it is in Victoria Road. But I guess ultimately the Mail's fascination is with celebrity and I suppose Kershaw counts as a celebrity. Just. Unlike his ugly sister.
  21. This wasn't the first time that he had breached the restraining order/been in bother. Clicky1 Clicky2 Clicky3 As for 'it had been an accident' well perhaps it was the straw that broke the camel's back after several months of alleged drunken harassment. Who knows - only Andy and Juliette will know the full picture. What pisses me off is, in no particular order 1) Liz Kershaw. Irritating and ugly. Bleating on about the 'rain swept Isle of Man' in this and other bleeding heart exclusives in the Mail. Poor poor brother Andy. He'd never hurt a fly until he came to the Isle of Man which is where all this trouble started. He lost his Angel's wings on the Ben my Chree and the nasty people in the Isle of Man didn't understand him and sent him to their Victorian jail. No mention in the article about the fact that the Isle of Man recognises that it has a Victorian jail no longer fit for purpose and will shortly be transferring all prisoners to the Jurby Hilton. 2) Andy Kershaw for writing 'his side of the story' in a Mail exclusive. Have some fucking pride. How much did you get? 3) The Daily Mail for its hypocritical bare faced cheek. Everyone knows the Mail hates the BBC with institutional fervour. Hates it. It scans the BBC forums for any half ass critical comments then publishes them as 'news.' But it seems to have drawn old Andy K into its heaving bosom. I think what really gets me is that Mr & Mrs middle England will read the tawdry garbage published in the MoS and think 'poor Andy, those nasty Manx people have given him a raw deal. It doesn't sound like a very nice place at all, what with their run down Guest houses, force 9 gales and Victorian Prison.' /rant Anyone fancy a letters campaign to the Mail?
  22. I think it was the consultants currently examining the MER who kicked the line and said "nope. Not safe mate. Gonna have to close. This is gonna cost ya... " Mr E took the safe option and decided to close the line as announced today in Tynwald. I mean after all, it's only run for 125+ years without an accident. Bound to be one soon.
  23. You can tell you're from the 'Boro.
  24. OK - so, this may be a stupid question but we're just examining the possibility of getting away for our first family holiday with our 9 month old baby. We want to go on the boat so we can take the car and the outrageous amount of equipment we appear to require to leave the house for more than 3 hours with a small child. Just checked on the Steam Racket site for some approximate prices. We decided we would splash out and get a cabin on the Ben to make it a bit easier to entertain the little fella. I am frankly staggered by the cost and wondered if I was being naive. I've never been away in peak season as such, but even so... Car + 2 passengers (+ baby) 2 weeks from Sat 14th June £338 Does this sound expensive to anyone else? Maybe this is the way it is with children - summer = peak fares but it still seems a bit steep. Any thoughts??
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